Goldenseal Pro Progress Report (Mar 11)

We are making gradual progress on the new Macintosh interface. Here’s a screen shot link showing what it looks like now:

There is an outline view on the left that replaces all the old pull-down menus. There’s a “book” to navigate through records, and tabs at the bottom to switch between what used to be separate windows.  We will still let you open multiple windows, but they will be optional.

When we first started the Pro update, the plan was to have subcontractors rewrite Carbon to Cocoa (Mac) and QuickTime to MFC (Windows), keeping the same appearance.   That way the contract specs were easy, since it just had to match what we already had.  The plan was to start redesign work after the conversion was finished.

Now that we’re doing the work in-house, it makes more sense to combine the redesign with the general code updating.  So far we have made many more changes than first expected, but it’s also looking much better than expected.

Cocoa is not easy to master, and it probably will take us at least another month before all the basics are working on the Mac version.  No insurmountable problems, but there are many details that each take a day or two to finish.  Fortunately, we only have to do this once.  It’s going to be a real pleasure when we can get back to writing plain old C++ business code.

Dennis Kolva
Programming Director
Turtle Creek Software

Author: Dennis Kolva

Programming Director for Turtle Creek Software. Design & planning of accounting and estimating software.